Starting in 1870 Italy instituted a system of population registration. This registration is conducted by the General Registry Office (Ufficio Anagrage). Unfortunately, some of the earlier records are incomplete. These are the first records you should request from Italy. If your family left Italy after 1870, you can write to the local General Registry Office to request a certificate of family status (Certificati di stato di Famiglia). These certificates give names, relationships, birthdates and places of birth of each family member living at the home at a given time. For emigrant families, they also often provide the year of emigration and destination.
General Registry Office
I would appreciate it if you could examine your records and send me a family certificate(certificato di stato di famiglia) of the following family in about the year (year).
Giovanni Falconi born in about 1855.
Elisabetta, his wife, born about 1860.
Carlo, born 3 April 1885.
Serafina, born about 1890.
Antonio, born in 1893.
Enclosed is a cashier's check for $_________. If it is not enough, please informa me of the additional amount to send.
Thank you kindly,
NOTE: The months of the year are not capitalized in Italian. gennaio(January), febbraio(February), marzo(March), aprile(April), maggio(May), giugno(June), agosto(August), settembre(September), ottobre(October), novembre(November), and dicembre(December).